Friday, 24 May 2019 14:48

Porky & Buddy Column: Legislation – Make Your Voice Count

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Dear Porky & Buddy: I am signed up for all the animal advocacy email alerts I can find, and I am frequently asked to sign an online petition about state or federal legislation involving animals. I always do, but I always wonder whether anyone pays the slightest bit of attention to those petitions. Am I just wasting my time? Signed, Carla

Dear Carla,

We are not totally jaded about the political system yet (although some days it’s close). So, we called a friend who has been a staffer for a couple of congresspeople to get the real scoop. Remember that the congressional staff are the people who take the phone calls and receive the emails from online petitions. Their congressperson is too busy asking for money or running for President, or whatever. Here’s what we found out. The very best way to make yourself heard is to simply call your local legislator. Phone calls from constituents are much more effective than online petitions. It's okay to sign them if you want but please don't stop there if you really care about a pending bill.

You don't need to speak to the actual legislator and you probably won't be able to. Just tell the person who answers the phone that you would like to speak to someone about the specific bill you are interested in supporting or opposing. You will be directed to the right person and, trust us on this, your voice, as a voter in the district, counts. You don't need to go on and on or argue your point of view, but just politely tell the staff person that you support or oppose the bill and that you are a voter.

We want you to cut this column out and keep it handy so that when you get an email from the Oswego County Humane Society, or any other animal organization about what needs to be done, you have the information you need. Here they are:

US Senators

  • Chuck Shumer-315-423-5471
  • Kirsten Gillibrand-315-448-0470

House of Representatives

  • John Katko-24th District-315-423-5604 (Western Oswego County)
  • Anthony Brindisi-22nd District-315-732-0713 (Eastern Oswego County)

State Senator

  • Pattie Ritchie-48th District-315-342-2057

State Assemblyman

  • Will Barclay-120th District-315-598-5185

And thanks again for all you do!

### About Oswego County Humane Society

We provide services to promote and strengthen the human-animal bond through fostering-to-adoption programs, spay/neuter clinics, and humane education. The Oswego County Humane Society is designated under IRS code 501(c)3 as a charitable organization: 161586001 and registered with the New York State Charities Bureau: 06-70-81. Our registration number with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is RR239.

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